Council Donate Equipment to Charity
Kettering Borough Council recently donated musical equipment and televisions to charity.
The equipment was originally seized from noisy neighbours using the Council’s anti-social behaviour powers, and given to the Council by the Courts as part of legal proceedings – this is called “forfeiture”.
The Council has undertaken six seizures in the past 12 months. The anti-social behaviour powers allow the Council to remove any items used to cause a noise nuisance to neighbours if the person causing the noise has failed to comply with the Council’s enforcement Notices. Council staff can be granted a warrant from the Courts to enter a property without Notice whether the person causing the nuisance is a Council tenant, private tenant or owner occupier.
Televisions, stereo units and a DJ deck were donated to NDAS (Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service). Their representative Jane Thornton received the items on behalf of NDAS.
Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We are pleased that local charities can benefit from the donation of seized equipment given that it has previously caused misery to the community when used for anti-social behaviour. Any equipment that cannot be donated is disposed of at the waste recycling centre on Telford Way. If there are any charities that would like to be considered for future donations, I’d ask them to get in touch with us.”